Brahmand NewsPrevious Article
Brahmand NewsNext Article
Headlines
  • Rajnath approves reform of Indian Army headquarters:-Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has approved the first batch of reforms in the Army including relocation of 206 officers from the Army headquarters, setting up of a separate vigilance cell and forming an umbrella organisation to focus on human rights issues....
  • IAF always cautious and alert says Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa:-As tensions continue between India and Pakistan over the abrogation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa has said the Indian Air Force (IAF) is "always cautious and alert" to check any untoward aerial movement on the border....
  • Chandrayaan-2 placed in Lunar orbit, focus now on soft-landing:- India's Chandrayaan-2 mission, aimed at soft landing a rover in the unexplored south pole of the Moon, achieved a major milestone as the ISRO successfully injected the spacecraft into the lunar orbit on Tuesday. ...
  • Chandrayaan 2 successfully enters orbit around Moon:-In a major milestone for India's Moon mission, the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft successfully entered the lunar orbit on Tuesday. Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) maneuver was completed successfully at 0902 hours as planned, using the onboard propulsion system, the Bengaluru headquartered space agency said in a statement....

Europe conducts first-ever ballistic missile interceptor test

Line Spacing+- AFont Size+- Print This Article

The Aster 30 Block 1 missile successfuly hit a medium-range theatre ballistic missile target. An MBDA photo

PARIS (BNS): Europe has conducted first-ever ballistic missile interceptor test with an Aster missile system successfully intercepting a medium-range theatre ballistic missile target.

The test, involving an Aster 30 Block 1 missile, the SAMP/T system and its ARABEL radar, was carried out by the French Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) in the Landes region of France on October 18.

The target used for the firing was representative of a medium-range ballistic missile.

All the successive phases of the operational engagement of a ballistic missile ran nominally: The target was intercepted at the intended range, Eurosam, a joint concern of MBDA and Thales and prime contractor for the SAMP/T surface-to-air defence system, said.

The Aster 30 Block 1 variant has been designed for the French Air Force’s Mamba medium range air defence system, also called the SAMP-T, and optimised for the interception of aerial as well as ballistic threats.

The missile is capable of intercepting ballistic missiles having a range of 600 kms.

The SAMP-T (soil-air medium-range terrestrial) is the first European system with this capability, according to the French DGA.

A Franco-Italian programme, the SAMP-T is also capable of providing air defense against medium-range conventional threats such as aircraft, cruise missiles, UAVs. The system has already been qualified since 2008.

The system may be implemented by the NATO programme of defence against theater ballistic missiles ALTBMD (active layered theater ballistic missile defense), the DGA said.

MBDA, which manufactures the Aster missile systems, said incremental evolutions of the Aster 30 Block 1 missile have already been proposed to counter the proliferating and growing global ballistic threat. These evolutions will be transferable to all systems currently deploying Aster 30.

The Aster family of missiles also constitute of the Aster 15 and Aster 30 variants. These missile systems are operational in ground or naval configurations for missions associated with the self-defence of aircraft carriers, self, local and fleet area defence when deployed from frigates and destroyers, ground-based area defence as well as the anti-air protection of deployed and projected forces.

Line Spacing+- AFont Size+- Print Article

Other Related News

India to finally have Chief Of Defence Staff, 19 years after it was first proposed

In a landmark military reform, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced that the country will now have a chief of defence staff (CDS) to bring synergy in functioning of the Army, Navy and Air Force, a proposal which was first mooted after the Kargil conflict in 1999.

Upcoming Defence Exhibitions

BRAHMOS Missile Systems

Headlines

Brahmand World Defence Update 2019

Image Gallery